SEATTLE - Sometimes you have to create your own luck.
Within seconds of taking the field as a second-half substitute, Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero launched an audacious shot from 35 yards out. The hopeful effort in the 60th minute was subsequently bobbled by Isidro Metapán goalkeeper Misael Alfaro and trickled over the goal-line for the goahead score.
The fortuitous bounce would be all Seattle needed in a 1-0 win against the El Salvadoran visitors in a CONCACAF Champions League match Wednesday night in front of 17,228 Qwest Field fans.
The second leg in a two-game preliminary round is Tuesday in San Salvador and the winner will be determined by total goals scored, with away goals as the tiebreaker. Before that, Seattle travels to San Jose for an MLS match Saturday.
In the franchise’s first appearance in an international tournament, Sounders FC improved its unbeaten streak to five games in all competitions (MLS, U.S. Open Cup, CCL).
Wearing their “Electricity” yellow kits, Seattle controlled the game from start to finish, but couldn’t find its finishing form in the first half despite outshooting the visitors 7-0.